This video about the scale of black holes will crush your poor, tiny brain

Nov 21, 2016

By Fiona MacDonald

Black holes are vast, matter-annihilating objects that seem to defy physics by their very existence. They’re so weird, that when Albert Einstein’s equations first predicted the existence of these beasts, he didn’t believe they could actually be real.

And you can’t really blame him, because the idea that we have these singularities of space-time intent on sucking up all the matter around them scattered all around our cosmic backyard is pretty hard to wrap your head around.

But as people who write about black holes a lot, we figured we were past being shocked by how strange and massive they are.


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14 comments on “This video about the scale of black holes will crush your poor, tiny brain

  • Well, my poor, tiny brain still has its normal shape and size.

    Kudos for trying to whomever put the clip together; to give a sense of the enormity of the scale of space and age of the universe is a task of a very tall order indeed… I suspect our brain is just not equipped to grasp scales of that size.



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  • I actually can’t understand why intriguing subjects should be tagged by discussions about spelling. There is just one language here and it’s science. And that is an international one



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  • I just found it mildly ironic that the people who thought a bit of old, rehashed and perfectly well understood information about black holes would crush our tiny brains didn’t have large enough ones themselves to spell the captions in their video correctly.



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  • Geert Joris #6
    Nov 23, 2016 at 2:50 am

    There is just one language here and it’s science. And that is an international one

    There is however the problem of the meaning behind the words!

    When an American says he put on his vest and pants and jogged down the road to the lab, the mental image conjured up in the USA, is not the same as that – say – in Scotland!!



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  • Alan4discussion #9
    Nov 23, 2016 at 5:58 am

    There is however the problem of the meaning behind the words!

    When an American says he put on his vest and pants and jogged down the road to the lab, the mental image conjured up in the USA, is not the same as that – say – in Scotland!!

    If any bastard up here near Ellon jogged down the road dressed like that to my lab (big black Sammie dog who loves me to bits) I’d be ha’ing the SSPCA oot to him quick fast like fae animal cruelty. We ken fine well fit tae dae wi animal molesters up here I can tell you boy!



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  • LaurieB #10
    Nov 23, 2016 at 8:17 am

    To add more international linguistic hijinks, when the SSPCA arrives . . .

    If they have employed Americans jotting down notes with a pencil and they make a mistake, he should be careful before offering an (India) rubber to rub out the mistake and correct it!
    I am always careful when dealing with American students to offer ERASERS!
    Apparently the term RUBBERS is differently interpreted in the US English language!



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  • 14
    Pinball1970 says:

    I absolutely love these
    There a few of these out there one on stars and I found this one on everything!
    Smallest to the largest – the music kicks in when Betelgeuse makes an entrance. Could be from the film interstellar?
    Good choice, Very Bach- when you want a feeling of the majesty enormity and beauty of the universe (numinous – I always think of Hitchens watching these) Bach is what you want. Or Bach inspired at least.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNb3H9kICbA



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